Thursday, April 25, 2013

A New Day at Travaasa Spa

After a VERY tense drive, and I must say, a hungry drive, we made it to Travaasa Spa. Gated, winding roads, hidden....all the things I want in a stay.
We found the front desk and we were well pleased by the quick wit and caring response. We were told we were WAY to early and that check out was 3:00 so we would have to make due with hanging out. As ours was an all inclusive stay we found the mess hall (not what I would describe as) and went for the sit down meal. We have found over the years that buffet is marginal and suspect at best, but husband man loves his bacon so usually goes for the gold.  We had a filling and nutritious breaking of the fast, calmed down, and went to find a bit of exercise to burn off all the Austin food and the just ingested meal.We signed up for a nature walk lead by a very un-nature person, who was cute, athletic, energetic, and sweet, but had no idea what tree was what or anything about the history of the area. We loved her anyway and followed blindly through 2.5 miles of trail. After a pause we walked over to the spa and made our arrangements for the next days. I chose a body scrub and deep tissue massage followed the next day by an intense facial. Linda did a deep tissue and facial.
We found our room, a third floor suite overlooking the hills and settled in. We went over to the sauna and soaking pool for a while and had a in glass martini made by the staff while we soaked.
After that we made our way to dinner and enjoyed an outside meal of perfect foods.
Up early the nest day for a nature walk... we missed the other person so we did our own and went farther than was suggested. When we got back it was time to learn to rope.
I was raised on a very small farm, went to all the rodeos, had horses, and knew how to throw a rope. In the case I was given what I would call a rope on Viagra. I learned on a soft rope and could place a lasso with the best but this thing was absurd! A hula hoop on a string! Linda did well, I defer ed.
Then on to the bull riding (mechanical) for Linda and the CHALLENGE COURSE!!! for me. I was a bit disappointed by the challenge and the course as I have been through some of the most stringent and odd training given by the military, BUT I acted impressed and climbed the 50 foot rope net, walked across the wooden platforms suspended on wire, walked the logs, then the slack wire, then the goal: a zip line that caught about 25 feet down and then sent me hurling through for 250 feet of space back and forth till the ladder man came and un-hooked my limp and docile body.
This called for a trip to the bar. We ordered martinis and the young "bar tender" brought Linda's with a couple of olives and mine with the most amazing twist EVER!. My guess is that the late night bar tender had skinned a lemon, put a pick through it, and put the rolled skin out to slice neatly in to twists...She brought me a Tini with the whole skin in the glass. I seldom laugh out load and never at the expense of others but this was a hard one.
Now all I have to do is ask Linda if she wants the whole lemon or just part in her Tini to crack her up.
We went horse back riding ( is there another way to ride a horse? Like they strap you underneath and call it horse stomach riding?) in the morning and I got a sweet boy who loved to get a scratch behind the ear, loved to be hugged, and did NOT love to have a two hundred fifty pound man on his back. I had to try four times for the guide to get the rope synched tight enough to hold my weight as I put my foot in the stirrup. Finally he walk the poor horse over to a knoll and had me get on from up high. On the first stop for grass I told my companion that  he could eat later and pulled his head up. This  created a bit of a challenge. When the other horses went wandering up a hill doing turn backs and gentle inclines, my boy said "Let's GO!" and went straight up the middle. I loved it and it reminded me of my youth on the farm. However, when he went down a hill he let me know that I weighed 250 LBS!!!! Grunt, groan, snort, pause, etc. When he finally gave up and went along we had a great time.
We went in to the spa for a couple of treatments, me a facial, and Linda a body scrub, and when we came out, after a walk in the woods and a stroll around the spa, we sat on the deck and watched the sun go down.
The food was wonderful, the wine list included Evening Land and a couple more Oregon wine, and they really sened to care for us.
We will be back!

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